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A Brief History of Birmingham

The second biggest city in the UK, Birmingham has played a formidable role in Britain we know today. Brought up originally as a market town based on trade with the Americas, Birmingham has developed a strong manufacturing base in the later years too.

The city started as a hostelry. The first recorded reference of the place is in a diary kept by Cadburua King in 1390. Birmingham later became an industrial port, driven by the coal and iron industries. By the end of the 18th century, it was ranked as one of the five greatest centers of Shipping and Navigation.

The 18th and 19th centuries were largely dictated by the War with France. Birmingham lost the port role to Liverpool, a much newer and more dominant player. What remained in Birmingham was the production of Cadbury sugar, a Dutch import popular at the time that monopoly continued well into the 20th century.

How the war changed the city

The First World War gave the commission to the War Office and the War Minister from 1915 onwards to concentrate on defense as compared to offense. As one of the major warring powers, England was in a far better position to take advantage of the situation than Germany who was caught reeling by the Versailles Treaty of 1916. It took until late 1920 before Germany gave up its bid for dominance in the Iron Man event and a decade before 1932 came to pass.

The end of the Second World War in 1682 marked the start of the next great age of Birmingham’s growth when Aluminum was a fashionable new metal and supremacy of the pound was unchallenged.

Birmingham ranks highly on the list of the UK’s leading service providers of advanced manufacturing in the 21st century. The area is home to well over 300 listed service providers that are involved in, about equivalent to 35% of the entire British Steel Firms are in Birmingham.

Topping the list are some of the world’s most advanced supply chain businesses. BC plc (Bowlby bridge power supply) in the Carbonower district outdoes anyone else. Another major player is Thatcham plc, a specialist supplier to the City of Birmingham and arguably the UK outside, selling energy worldwide.

In business, you can often have multiple suppliers, so you need to know which ones the service provider is working with. In the steel area, you had to have only one major supplier, but now you can have numerous small equipment suppliers all working together.

Birmingham’s economy

Birmingham’s economy has dramatically shifted towards services. The city dramatic growth in recent years in service industries like software, biotechnology, and telecommunications has turned the city into one of the UK’s most vibrant and exciting business centers. The number of service providers in Birmingham is growing rapidly. According to the city Business Development Agency, there are currently 34 Private Label Armors (Properties), 26 Buy-to-load facilities, 25 Shipbuilders and refineries, 13 Class A steamfitters, and 33 other service providers. This indicates a major pool of service providers, something the city is certainly not short of.

City finances are healthier than the divisional label industrial area, which makes it a great investment. Since the early part of the last century, Birmingham has been working hard to eliminate the inaptly named ‘blight’ problem by attracting major attention to the city’s deep overcrowding problem. The clearance backlog of the old docks area and the new port Quarter has increased housing costs especially for unfurnished properties and rundown blocks.

Despite housing costs being higher than the national average, closeness to the rail station makes Birmingham base stations attractive locations.

Judging people according to their journeys can be a very astute thing to do when choosing a new location. Using the above criteria, you should be able to find the perfect location for your rob of leisure.

If you want to travel to more exotic places than read my post about Morocco or the Philippines. Stay tuned!